Everything You Should Know About Satin Fabric

Satin offers all of the elegant shimmer and luxuriousness of silk. Let’s take a look at this beautiful and seductive fabric and see what it has to offer.

Satin fabric is a popular choice and is one of the most well known types of fabric. It comes in a range of different weights and has a smooth and lustrous surface that is very attractive. This weave originated over 2,000 years ago in the Chinese port of Quanzhou and eventually spread from Asia to the west.

Golden silk satin fabric

Historically, this fabric was used for upholstery — for example, Louis XIV used it to cover his ornate furniture in the Palace of Versailles. These days it is commonly used for evening gowns, lingerie, boxer shorts, ballet shoes, hats, ties and bedding. Coat linings are also often made from satin, as the smooth surface allows the coat to glide easily over the fabrics beneath it.

Typical Characteristics of Satin

  • Satin typically has one side that is glossy and one side that is dull.
  • The fabric is smooth and falls dramatically, making it look luxurious and seductive when worn in the form of a gown.
  • Satin weaves are flexible and are able to be formed around compound curves.
  • People with long hair like satin sheets because their hair is less likely to tangle while sleeping — the hair strands simply “glide over” the fabric rather than creating friction as they would with cotton.
  • Satin that is made from pure silk is hypoallergenic and very breathable.

What Exactly is Satin Fabric?

There is some confusion over the difference between satin and silk. What you need to know is that satin is a type of weave and not a raw material, unlike silk which is produced by silkworms. So, silk can be used to make satin.

The name satin refers to a type of weave, which is constructed by floating warp yarns across the weft before going beneath one weft thread and starting the cycle again. This weave has fewer interlaces, and it creates the smooth and lustrous surface that everyone knows and loves. It is shining because the light reflecting is not scattered by the fibres: they are even and lying or “floating” on top of the weave.

golden silk satin

Some fabric purists insist that satin fabric can only be made from silk. Originally, this was the case when the process originated in China.

Pros and Cons of Satin

Table 1. Satin Features



It is a very versatile fabric.

It can be difficult to sew with, as it is glossy and can slip around in the sewing machine.

The fabric feels soft and silky on the skin, making it a popular choice for bed sheets.

It requires special treatment and cannot just be thrown in the washing machine.

Satin made from pure silk is 100% natural and hypoallergenic.

It is not shiny on both sides — there is a glossy side and a dull side. This could limit the designs it is used in.

Tissura Collection of Satin Fabrics

At Tissura, you can find an extensive collection of silk satin fabrics from Europe's leading manufacturers, such as Belinac, Taroni, Carnet, Etro, Jakob Schlaepfer and Ruffo Coli. Some of the most luxury ones are placed in the table below. Click on the fabric you like and get to the product page to see more information about each one. To enjoy the whole collection of satin fabrics at Tissura, click on the corresponding button under the table:

Silk satin fabric silk satin fabric Double faced silk satin
Stretch silk satin, 92 € Stretch silk satin, 92 € Silk satin, 60 € Double faced silk satin, 200 €

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